NSUI to reserve seats for SC/ST, woman
TNN, Aug 23, 2010, 04.12am IST

NEW DELHI: With just two days left for the last date for filing of
nominations for the Delhi University Students' Union, students
organization are busy preparing their new game plans. While Akhil
Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), which managed to wrest the post
of president in 2008 is yet to reveal its strategies, the National
Students' Union of India (NSUI) on Sunday announced that it would
field its four candidates who are democratically selected and not due
to any patronage of the Congress leadership.

NSUI sources said that in what could be dubbed as an extension of
reforms initiated by Rahul Gandhi last year, the union in order to
ensure fair representation will reserve one seat for a SC/ST candidate
and another for a girl. This decision is unprecedented as reservation
in students politics is unheard of so far.

NSUI has invited the aspiring candidates for DUSU election for a
speech competition on Monday. The candidates will speak on their
agenda for Delhi University and an electoral college of NSUI delegates
will vote for the best four to represent the union. By the end of
Sunday, the last day for registration, fourteen aspirants applied for
a chance to represent NSUI during the DUSU 2010 elections. The chosen
candidates will contest for the posts of president, vice president,
joint secretary, and secretary of the students union.

The DUSU polls are scheduled on September 3. "We are moving towards
achieving complete internal democracy. Last year, for the first time,
we elected our college committee members. Now we intend to field
democratically-chosen election candidates too. So an ordinary student
with leadership qualities, who otherwise would have been ignored in
the nomination process, can have a chance to represent the group and
even win the DUSU polls,'' said Shahnawaz Choudhary, head of the Delhi
unit of NSUI.

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